Our Story: Behind the Campaign

Something’s Gotta Give is a campaign by the Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders.  Founded as a charity in 2002, the Looking Glass Foundation is a caring community of prevention and support for those suffering from anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders — and those who love them. We are the recovered and recovering, families and friends, therapists and clinicians, donors, supporters, and volunteers.  We are all about getting to the other side of eating disorders, to eventually achieving a world without this devastating disease.

Best known for opening Canada’s first residential treatment facility for youth with eating disorders, the Looking Glass Foundation has many initiatives in place to advance early intervention, support, recovery, and relapse prevention — not just for youth, but for men and women of all ages and backgrounds who suffer from this disease, and for their loved ones. Recovery is happening, and individual lives are changing; we see it all the time.

Sadly, as much as we have been able to achieve, so much more needs to be done.  For every person we’ve helped, thousands upon thousands more are alone, vulnerable, without support.

It’s been 33 years since musician Karen Carpenter’s death from anorexia put eating disorders on the radar screen of a generation.  In all that time, the story remains the same. While much has been accomplished, little has changed. People are still dying, lives are still being robbed, and the disease is showing up earlier and among more people than ever before.

The Looking Glass Foundation is dedicated to continuing the work we have been doing.  At the same time, we recognize that what we’re doing — what any of us could ever conceivably do on our own — isn’t enough to really get to the other side of eating disorders, to really put this disease behind us.  There’s a culture and context that defines much of what we can do.  The problem of eating disorders is bigger and more complex than we alone – or any organization – could ever hope to solve on its own. The barriers are too many. And while they may be budging a little here and there, they’re not giving way.

That is simply not okay. We, all of us, have to ramp up our effort.

If we’re really going to get to the other side of eating disorders, something’s gotta give … What IS it?


Something’s Gotta Give
is about constructive action, compassionate resolve, and the power of humanity to achieve real change. It belongs to all the people out there who get the tragedy of this disease, the urgency of overcoming it.

To learn more about the Looking Glass Foundation and its work, click here.